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Will Rogers: Courtship and Correspondence, 1900-1915
     

Will Rogers: Courtship and Correspondence, 1900-1915

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by Reba Collins (Editor), Will Rogers (Commentaries by), James Blake Rogers (Commentaries by)
 
Fifteen years of unpublished correspondence between this legendary American talent and the people who loved him. Chronicling Rogers' keen political and personal observations, the letters tell of his upbringing, world travels, Wild West shows, career and courtship of Arkansas girl Betty Blake. Includes comments by Rogers' two sons. (Neighbors And Quaid)

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Fifteen years of unpublished correspondence between this legendary American talent and the people who loved him. Chronicling Rogers' keen political and personal observations, the letters tell of his upbringing, world travels, Wild West shows, career and courtship of Arkansas girl Betty Blake. Includes comments by Rogers' two sons. (Neighbors And Quaid)

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In attractive, coffeetable-book format, Collins reproduces letters that Will Rogers sent to his family, friends, and, particularly, to his future wife, Betty Blake. Rogers wrote the letters during the years when he was traveling the Southern Hemisphere seeking his fortune as a cowboy, and then while he was touring the vaudeville circuit with his successful act of combining rope tricks with bits of humorous, down-home wisdom. Reading the letters is heavy going, especially the early ones, because of poor grammar and spelling, no punctuation, and heavy use of slang. Yet some of the legendary Rogers charm comes through. Commentary is provided by Rogers's two surviving sons, and by the author, who is the retired director of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma. Purchase where there is special interest. -- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.

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ISBN-13:
9780963288202
Publisher:
Neighbors & Quaid
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.89(h) x 0.99(d)

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Will Rogers, Courtship and Correspondence, 1900-1915 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Cherokees living in white frame houses? My high school history books seem to have skipped this tidbit of information about life in Indian Territory. Not only does this collection of Rogers' letters help to dispel inaccurate myths and images about this time and place, it also gives the reader a glimpse into the heart and mind of a young man of mixed heritage growing up in the early years of the twentieth century. In the correspondence we see Rogers struggling with the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Individual responsibility, making a living, and confronting the differences between lust and love are themes with which we all can identify. In addition, we see Rogers wrestling with his self-identity. Cherokee? Anglo? American? A mixture? This process also colors his view of people in other countries and provides us with an interesting perspective of the world as he saw it. Although the centerpiece of this book is the correspondence, Collins provides enough historical context for the non-historians among us, but not so much as to upstage the letters. Indeed, while reading the unedited letters one can almost hear Rogers speak. Altogether, I found this book to be interesting, entertaining, and informative, surely a book for general readers and experts alike.